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A&M-CC purchases historic downtown building

Posted at 12:10 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 19:03:23-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has acquired a five-story building located at 223 N. Chaparral Street in downtown Corpus Christi, expanding its physical presence into Corpus Christi.

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The 77,000 sq.-foot building, which was built in 1947 and is made of poured concrete, has survived six hurricanes. It was purchased for $2.3 million.

A&M-CC officials say renovations are needed, and that it plans to seek outside funding those renovations.

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Preliminary plans for the building include a mixed-use space for the university's more high-profile programs and archives; Its rooftop terrace will be used to host events.

“What began as a talk about renting space quickly turned to a passionate discussion about the needs this space could fill for A&M-CC and the opportunities A&M-CC could bring to support a vibrant downtown,” said Quintanilla. “We look forward to being a good neighbor to a community that supports our dedication to graduating the leaders of tomorrow.”

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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi bought the building from Ernest “Buz” and Janet Maxwell, who are eager to see A&M-CC contribute to the burgeoning downtown district.

“I am so excited for A&M-Corpus Christi to develop this space,” said Buz Maxwell. “They are going to be a great addition to downtown revitalization. A&M-Corpus Christi will be able to do so much more with the building than we ever dreamed of.”